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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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Why Did This Silver Mine Close? - Pt III


Narrowing down a closure date will allow you to check the commodity price during that time and possibly confirm that a low price, rather than a lack of ore, was the driving force that closed the operation.

The Chinese Experience


The Weaverville War at the California Mines

The Ups and Downs of Geologic Faults


Faults are fractures, breaks and broken zones in the Earth’s crust where one side of the break has moved relative to the other, and they come in many different varieties.

Judge Rules Against Dredger in Idaho Civil Case


The path to winning this case should have been to make the plaintiffs prove that a foreign substance was introduced and then discharged, which is the “trigger” for regulations under the Clean Water Act.

Pocket Gold in Gneiss


Metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and schist are known for their pocket gold deposits. Such pockets may not be large enough for major mining operations, but may be very rewarding for individuals or small companies. Gold-bearing quartz veins may cut gneiss or schist, but often the veins parallel the bedding, or foliation. The origin of mineralized veins, which parallel the foliation, has been kicked around for years.

Chavez Eyes Venezuela’s Largest Gold Mine


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